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ICC intends to finish analysis of war crimes in Crimea, Donbas

ICC intends to finish analysis of war crimes in Crimea, Donbas

Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the Court
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The International Criminal Court (the Netherlands) intends to finish the analysis of the war crimes in Crimea and Donbas soon and decide on the admissibility of the case, as the annual report of Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the Court, says.
“The Office of the Prosecutor intends to complete the analysis of the subject matter jurisdiction concerning the situation in Crimea and in Eastern Ukraine to announce the corresponding finding of admissibility of the jurisdiction of the court,” the report says.

At the same time, it was specified that due to this, the Office of the Prosecutor will continue gathering information related to the judicial proceeding at the level of the national legislation and to cooperate with Ukraine’s regulatory bodies, civil society and other interested bodies.
“Given the fact that Ukraine has recognized the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court for an indefinite period, the Office of the Prosecutor will continue the registration of the allegations of crimes committed in Ukraine in so far as they fall within the court’s jurisdiction,” the report says.

At the same time, the document says that neat year, the Office of the Prosecutor continues gathering evidence related to the conflicts in Crimea and Donbas.
In particular, it was specified that the situation in Crimea is an occupation and it falls within the characteristics of the international armed conflict.
It was decided to apply the law of international conflicts concerning the situation in Donbas as since July 14, 2014, direct clashes between the armed forces of Russia and Ukraine were recorded.

For now, the Office of the Prosecutor recorded 1,200 criminal cases in Donbas, determined 2,737 deaths and injuries of around 9,000 individuals.
Besides, the report mentions particular bloodshed in the battle of Ilovaisk. According to the International Criminal Court, around 1,000 Ukrainian servicemen died there.

In addition, the Office of the Prosecutor recorded such crimes as training of child soldiers in Donbas, extrajudicial executions and sexual abuse.
Speaking of Crimea, cases of illegal call-in of the citizens to the army of the aggressor state, illegal trials of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, kidnapping of the people who disagree with the authorities.

Earlier, the Ukrainian side insisted that the International Criminal Court opens its office in Ukraine to investigate the war crimes committed by the Russian officials and Crimea’s occupation authorities.
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